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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

 

Artists No More Important Than The Rest Of Us

- By Frederick Meekins

In a market economy, those with socially valuable skills and abilities are
monetarily rewarded in free exchange for their services or the goods that
they produce. Those whose aptitudes do not fulfill some kind of broader
demand or need are forced to either adapt or be willing to endure a life of
self-imposed deprivation.

Foremost among such individuals who forego material enrichment for the sake
of remaining true to their understanding of the craft to which they have
pledged their lives are so-called "starving artists". Such iconoclasts
usually earn such designations because (unlike Norman Rockwell, Thomas
Kincaid, or James Audobon) their work is so blatantly bizarre, bad, or
depressing that no person with healthy aesthetic sensibilities is willing to
support such individuals. And that is as it should be.
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